Colorado has joined the growing trend among the states to protect the social media privacy rights of employees and applicants. +2013 Bill Text CO H.B. 1046. Employers are now prohibited from demanding access to an employee's or applicant's personal social media account or service through his or her personal device.
The law does include certain protections for employers. For example, it allows an employer to request employee user names or passwords that provide access to its internal computer or information systems. In addition, employers may enforce existing personnel policies.
Under the new law, employees or applicants may file a complaint with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
Colorado employers should review and update their workplace policies and practices with respect to social media and privacy to make sure that the policies comply with the new law. Additionally, supervisors and employees with interviewing and hiring responsibilities should be aware of this new law and its requirements.
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